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pbranson



Joined: 25 Jul 1999
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2000 12:40 pm    Post subject: Sailing in Hong Kong Reply with quote

Does anybody out there have any information / experience with regards to sailing in Hong Kong, specifically locations, season and general sailing conditions. Any information would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Peter.
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GXWW



Joined: 03 Jul 2000
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2000 4:54 pm    Post subject: RE: Sailing in Hong Kong Reply with quote

There are a few places where you can windsurf. Stanley Beach on the South of the island. Parking lots are near, but you have to get there early, they got filled up fast. If you do not have your own gear, you could rent it from Ah Hung, the first tent on the west side f the beach. long hair, dark tanned, friendly guy. Gears are a little trashy though.

You can also find people launhing at Coffee Beach (?) at New Territories near Tuen Moon, 18 miles from Kowloon city.

You can also take a one hour ferry to Cheung Chau, one of the outlying islands, and rent from Kent Windsurfing Center. A number of people store their gear here at a fee and come to the island to stay over the weekend. The 1996 Olympic gold medalist for women windsurfing Lysan Lee was born and trained here, too.

Launching are all from beaches, but not of fine sand, since all fine sandy beaches are marked for swimming only.

Best time of year is fall and winter, between October to Feburary when the N/ NW prevails, when it kicks up, it gets to force 4-5 and over offshore, although it gets breezy S/SW force 3-4 offshore from time to time in the Summer. Morning is normally better than afternoon. Summer is best when hurricane approaches.

Water is warm in the Summer, 75 F, no suit reqd, and can go down to 50/55 F in the winter when a full suit will suffice.

More recreational than hardcore sailing, still enjoyable though. As far as I know, theres a considerable windsurfing population, but individuals do not hang out by the beach and talk about the wind like we do here, they come and go in small groups and seldom interact with other groups. A more community like atmosphere only exists in Cheung Chau where the Windsurfing Center is, although its a shed with awnings, it is also is a bar and a restaurant for patrons to sit down before and after sailing. The owner Lai-Gun and his wife were both race sailors before, therefore they can talk shop with fellow sailors. Else where is kind of random.

You can check out the Neil Pryde store which I forgot where it is already. Thats where the wind cooks meet. Also, the Neil Pryde in HK is the distributor for the rest of Asia. You can get great deals here since the sails are made a few hours away in China......

Enjoy.
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dmcnell



Joined: 08 Jul 2000
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2000 5:14 pm    Post subject: RE: Sailing in Hong Kong Reply with quote

The South side Hong Island off Stanley Beach is the best place to go in Hong Kong. Unfortunately the winds are inconsistant. there are lots of good days but its hard to plan on one. Unless theres a typhoon of course. Equipment is available on the beach for rent.
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hwyeh



Joined: 06 May 1993
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2000 12:22 pm    Post subject: RE: Sailing in Hong Kong Reply with quote

What a nice and informative response you gave! Not that we had sailed in HK during our vacations or even knew where to go. But we did briefly visited the windsurfing club and always the Neil Pryde store. Once we bought half of dozen fins and a few sails there cause they were such a bargan. The sails had to stick out of the taxi window to make it to the airport. Then we had to pay tax on them so we really did not make out too far ahead. The experience was quite amusing though. These days, we only support our local windsurfing stores. But hey, who knows, maybe next time there we wont be able to resist a bargain again.
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c226t463



Joined: 23 Sep 2000
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2000 10:51 am    Post subject: RE: Sailing in Hong Kong Reply with quote

Peter. I just signed on 9/23/00 so it may be too late, but...Stanley Village is the place.Any hotel concierge or local guide book will give directions to get there.
It is about a 45 min bus ride to the south end of Hong Kong island.Its where I learned to sail.
Conditions vary - mostly light air but the fall and spring are better - like New York City area - especially when typhoons blow by.There are a few rental areas on the beach - mostly open on the weekends, but if you can contact them they will open during the week for even just one person.They speak enough English to get going and were very friendly to me(1993-1995)
If you made it there, I would be interested to hear about it.my email:
c226t463@netzero.net
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